Forum Session

Medicare and Chronic Conditions: Breaking Down Barriers to Better Care
March 26, 2003

Manager

Nora Super

Summary

This meeting considered Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, focusing on their prevalence, cost, utilization patterns, needs, and preferences. It addressed the significant financial, statutory, and regulatory barriers to chronic care facing the Medicare program and its providers. Discussants weighed recommendations developed by a panel of experts for building a better chronic care system. They also discussed various options and demonstration projects being pursued by members of Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Speakers

Robert A. Berenson, MD, Independent Consultant; David Blumenthal, MD, Director, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare; Stuart Guterman, Director, Office of Research, Development, and Information, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Joel White, Professional Staff Member (Majority), House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health; Terri Shaw, Professional Staff Member (Minority), House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Berenson and Dr. Blumenthal are available for download.

Related Materials

See the recommendations by the National Academy of Social Insurance, Medicare in the 21st Century: Building a Better Chronic Care System (January 2003).

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